The Reader (2009)
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The Reader (2009)

Genre
Drama
Release Date
January 09, 2009
Studio
The Weinstein Company
Official Site
http://www.thereader-movie.com/
Genre
Drama
Release Date
January 09, 2009
MPAA Rating
R
Duration
123 minute(s)
Production Budget
40
Studio
The Weinstein Company
Official Site
http://www.thereader-movie.com/
Director
Stephen Daldry
Producer
Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Scott Rudin
Screenwriter
David Hare
Starring
  • Kate Winslet as Reet
  • Ralph Fiennes as T. E. Lawrence
  • David Kross
  • Alexandra Maria Lara
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Karoline Herfurth
  • Linda Bassett
  • Susanne Lothar
  • Hannah Herzsprung

"The Reader" opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.

Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn," and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken.

Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. "The Reader" is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.